Benalla Ensign

His BEST yet Zak claims maiden Super2 Series race victory

- By Liam Nash

Last weekend was nothing short of monumental for Benalla’s Zak Best, who broke through for his maiden Super2 Series race win at the WD-40 Townsville SuperSprin­t.

Just one week on from two fourth placings at the NTI Townsville 500, Best replied in spectacula­r fashion to beat away series leader Broc Feeney on Sunday in a high-octane classic at Reid Park circuit.

Ecstatic with the result, the Benalla export and Tickford Racing recruit spoke on how the day played out.

“To break through for not only my first pole position, but my first race win, is very satisfying,” Best said.

“As soon as I rolled onto the track, the car felt fantastic and I had the confidence to push hard. It was awesome to take my first pole.

“The race itself was intense; Broc Feeney was very close to me and I couldn’t afford to make the tiniest mistake, or he would have been straight through. It was very satisfying to hold him off.”

What made Sunday’s triumph all the sweeter was ousting Feeney a day on from Saturday’s third placing — and it was none other than the Triple Eight Race Engineerin­g man to beat Best to the line.

Best battled among the top three before being involved in a multi-car accident, but was luckily still classified in third position as results were backdated to the previous lap.

“On Saturday, we had a car that was fast in qualifying and in the early laps, I was able to run inside the top three,” Best said.

“However, we were struggling for a bit of drive traction off the low speed corners.

“There was a mid-race safety car and when the race restarted, I was battling to hold my position and got turned around.

“That triggered a pile-up, which could have been a lot worse, but fortunatel­y my car was shielded from the brunt of the impact by some of the other cars involved.”

Best’s team made alteration­s for Sunday’s race, and it paid dividends as the 19-year-old crossed in first to maintain his top two position in the series.

He sits 51 points off the leader Feeney, making up ground from the previous weekend in Townsville.

“Having back-to-back weekends of racing was busy, but I feel it also helped us learn and improve,” Best said.

“Our performanc­e last weekend was consistent, but we weren’t quite able to challenge for the podium.

“During the week, we made some gains and this weekend, we were right up the front, which gives us some good momentum heading to the next round.

“I’d especially like to acknowledg­e my engineer Raymond (Lau); it was his first pole position and race win too, so it was a special weekend for him as well.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic triggering a reshuffle of the calendar, the location and date of the next Super2 round is yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be announced shortly.

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